Family Dinner at Grandma in Louisville Summer 1962

Cookbook Dedicated To Family & Friends

Family, friends, and food are the three main ingredients in my recipe for Delicious Memories (DM). There are also additional items added to enhance the flavor and fun of this website. This website is designed to reach out and share my family cookbook Delicious Memories and to gather recipes and memories from our family and friends. Please join me in keeping our memories and recipes alive for everyone who enjoys good food.

The website design is based on the Delicious Memories cookbook featuring daily, weekend, holidays and special occasions menus and recipes. Two new section, a weekly BLOG and SCRAPBOOKS have been added. I have rewritten parts of the cookbook and included recipe updates. If you would like to add to the SCRAPBOOKS you can easily sign up and send me your recollections, recipes, and photos.

To become part of this Delicious Memories story just sign up below. All emails will remain confidential. Invite family and friends to join. You will receive a monthly website update which may include news of delicious- memories events. With our fingers crossed, me, my brothers, Mike and Joe, and my sister, MJ, are hoping to plan a birthday party for our father when he reaches 100. He'll reach the magic number on July 18, 2024. So save the date for huge reunion for family and friends. The occasion would no doubt be filled with many Delicious Memories.

Bolser Diiner

Dinner with my Dad's Family
Reading, OH

circa 1960

 

GG Cincinnati

My Paternal Grandparents
John & Ida Liva Mattei
Cincinnati, OH circa 1922

RECOLLECTION

(Delicious Memories 1996, edited 2019 for this website)

Immigrants flocked to America in search of the American Dream. The American Dream is a well-known term, but not always easy to define. For immigrants, it meant, in some part, economic opportunities and prosperity, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! How many immigrants really thought American streets were paved with gold? While most didn’t believe they were gold, they did believe the "roads" led to wealth and golden opportunities for themselves and their children.

My family came to America in search of these “golden roads.” With a little luck and a lot of hard work, their dreams came true. They found good jobs, established businesses, purchased homes and made roots. They worked long hours. The focus of their leisure time revolved around family, friends, and food. Their recipes and traditions blended easily into the American way of life. As time passed and their families grew, the inevitable happened. The rise of the American, global-flavored family.

Initially, my family’s eating patterns and menus reflected their Italian roots. Rabbits “home raised” and cacciatored were frequently on depression day menus. Chicken, a rare treat on Sundays in the nineteen-thirties, became a weekly staple as prosperity returned. My childhood memories in the fifties and sixties are filled with delicious recollections of abundance and variety. When my generation of baby-boomers reached adulthood, we were slapped with the Great Inflation. There were minor bouts with shortages, especially gasoline, and the price of food staples: milk, cereal, bread, eggs and meat escalated to ridiculous levels. The inflation rate in 1980 was 13.50%. Time passed

and the economic issues of the past were forgotten yet my children and grandchildren face new challenges. The rise of globalization in the nineties has had a great influence on America and our families. The Great Recession of 2008 has also influenced the future. This website is a history of our family menus, memories and recipes from the turn of the 20th century until it’s end. This website will also be a recording of the evolution of our family-friend circles as we move from our Italian-American flavored roots to more global-flavored traditions through the 21st century and beyond. Who knows? As space exploration begins, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren may again take on the role of immigrants, adapting their menus, memories and recipes to new worlds and new civilizations.

Grandma and brrothers

Ida Liva (far right) with
her two brothers, Innocente & Alfonso

BEGINNINGS

(Delicious Memories 1996, edited 2019 for this website)

At the turn of the 20th century, during a surge of immigration to America, it was easy to determine which individuals belong to certain communities. By the end of World War II, things changed dramatically for those lucky immigrants whose children, born and raised in America, were “white” and spoke without accents. When I started school in an area settled by English and German immigrants the only way any of my classmates knew I was 100% Italian-American was to ask. They rarely did but I was always happy to share my Italian roots with anyone who would listen.

Both my paternal and maternal grandparents were Italian. They all immigrated to America in 1920. They all became American citizens. I grew up listening and learning first hand how immigrants and their children adapted to their new home. The process fascinated me then as it does to this very moment as I continue to watch people come to America from all over the world. Beginning in 1969, I began to research our family history. The best way I found initially to record our history was through Genealogy. I began recording our history, with pencil, paper and charts, Then I moved to setting up an Ancestry.com account for our family to access and enjoy. Anyone would like to view this account as a guest is welcome. Just email a request at julie@deliciousmemories.com and I will send you a invitation to view. There is no cost and you may also request to have new family members added as our family continues to grow.

GG Louisvile

My maternal grandparents
Amerisa & Pellegrino Mattei

Piazza Saint Pietro circa 1950

While the dates and documents on Ancestry.com are interesting, the creation of Delicious Memories will be a much more fun and interactive way to stay in touch with our history as it expands into the future. This website will be a window into the past and an opportunity to pass on the values we learned growing up in a global-flavored America. When people learn from past experiences, they realize that were all part of one BIG human family. My dream is that all visitors to this website will see themselves as part of our human family. I hope this site will feature  menus, memories and recollections from everywhere on earth. BEGIN SHARING NOW!